Soluble Liver Antigen (SLA) Autoantibody
Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.
Reference Range: Negative 0.0 – 20.0 U
Equivocal 20.1 – 24.9 U
Positive >25.0 U
Antibodies to soluble liver antigen (SLA) appear to be directed against the UGA-suppressor tRNA associated protein. These antibodies are highly specific for autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) and may rarely, be the only autoantibodies detected in serum from such patients. Antibodies to SLA are most closely associated with AIH type 1; the presence of these antibodies in patients with cryptogenic hepatitis suggests that these patients may have AIH type 1.
Anti-SLA antibodies may be detected in some patients with the primary biliary cirrhosis-AIH overlap syndrome, but not in healthy controls.